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A Diver's Responsibility to his family....

Discussion in 'Basic Scuba' started by Peter Guy, Mar 18, 2008.

  1. Papa_Bear

    Papa_Bear Dive Equipment Manufacturer

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Beaumont CA
    Never out live your money! But your responsibility is to do the best you can to keep yourself safe for yourself and those who love and care about you! If it is your job to go into burning buildings then do it within your training and leave unnecessary risk for the Rambo's! Training is the key! Whether Cave, Tech, or Open Water your are relatively safe until you go beyond your training! That oh Sh_t moment! Stop and think, you owe it to those who care!
  2. Doc Harry

    Doc Harry Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Appalachia
    The only responsibility that a diver has to his family is an adequate life insurance policy.

    Make sure your family is covered then DO WHATEVER YOU WANT. Take up solo cave diving, set new depth records, whatever, as long as you pursue your dreams.

    What is worse? Not LIVING or NOT LIVING?
  3. Papa_Bear

    Papa_Bear Dive Equipment Manufacturer

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Beaumont CA
    So what is the price of a human life? Or how your kids deal with you being gone because you made a poor choice? Hummmmmmmmmmm??????:confused:
  4. cmburch

    cmburch Solo Diver

    # of Dives:
    Location: Suisun Bay
    Well your 100% correct on the loss of a parent especially for young children. I look at my finances and I am worth more dead than alive. I did not plan it that way. SS the monthly survivor benefit is is much larger than I will ever see. About 20 years ago fresh out of school, I got talked into that Prudential "paid up" life insurance scam. It is paid up, but not a good investment. Work pays a large death benefit and there are also several small "free" life insurance for memberships.
  5. Jan Kruger

    Jan Kruger Contributor

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Pretoria , South Africa.
    My family-wife,son and daughter,keeps me sane while diving and ensure that i dive safely and well within the limits of my training at all times. They know how important and relaxing diving is to me and they always encourage me to dive more often and to do more courses to ensure i will cope well with most situations under water. My responsibilty to them is to return safely and well satisfied !!!!
  6. RJP

    RJP Scuba Media & Publications

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: New Jersey
    Perhaps the most selfish thing I've ever seen or heard.
  7. Michael Schlink

    Michael Schlink Instructor, Scuba

    First, as has been said EVERYONE should have their affairs in order. A will, and possibly life insurance is an absolute. A dive plan with someone should be considered SOP for even a beginner. BUT
    How much risky type of diving is appropriate for someone with a family and responsibilities is a great question.
    If you are starting a family and you haven't "banked" a bit of savings, should you be making cave dives? deep wreck dives? maybe not......
    Certainly there are LESS "risky" dives that can keep someone involved in diving without "pushing the envelope".
    My wife has asked me to "limit" my solo cave excursions, which I do out of respect to her.
    BUT since we don't have children and we have some financial security does that mean then that it's OK to "push the envelope" a little more than someone with children?????
  8. fisherdvm

    fisherdvm Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    I have enough life insurance to assure my wife will not have to work, and my son will be set through college.

    My policy does not cover for private and small air crafts, so I don't take free ride in my sister's airplane, nor do I take tours on helicopters/small planes.

    I think one should think of their family, before participating in risky ventures like diving. No, I don't think DAN insurance is enough to support your family.
  9. Divin'Hoosier

    Divin'Hoosier Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Bonita Springs, FL
    Maybe it's that I'm old fashioned or maybe it's my particular choice of religion, but I feel strongly that a man has a responsibility to provide for his family as best he can. Doesn't mean he has to provide a mansion and a yacht, but he does have a responsibility to provide food, shelter, clothing, etc. I feel this should be taken into account regardless of whatever activities you're engaging in be that driving to work, walking down a street or scuba diving. I also believe your responsibility extends to when you're gone. Don't assume you'll be the last to go. Personally, I have insurance, investments and home equity that is more than sufficient to provide for my wife and my two daughters (17 and 20) if I were to die regardless of how.

    With that said, I happen to also love my wife and daughters a great deal and want nothing more than to grow old enjoying their company. Therefore, while I enjoy active hobbies like scuba, running and hiking, I also do everything I can to do them safely. With regard to scuba that means using the appropriate equipment for the type of diving that I do, participating in the training required to dive safely and diving conservatively, well within my limits.
  10. MBH

    MBH Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: GA
    What I owe to my family is to be who I am. They all know that I'm not the type of person who sits around the house, does a little yard work and is content to watch the grass grow. I need challenges and I enjoy doing things that sedentary people just don't do. It's who I am, my family accepts that, and pretty much expects it from me.

    My wife knows that I don't take unnecessary risks and she also knows that the risks that I do take are well mitigated by my training. In the event that Murphy ever gets the best of me- my wife and neices will be very very well off.

    Be who you are, life is not a spectator sport.

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